The United States Armed Forces are using a remote controlled pilotless helicopter in the Viet Nam war.
The United States Armed Forces are using a remote controlled pilotless helicopter in the Viet Nam war. The manufacturer gave a demonstration of the craft and its control devices at the U-S Marine Base in Quantico, Virginia on Wednesday (12 July).
The United States has lost 339 helicopters in the Viet Nam war. There has been an attendant loss of lifes with exact figures unavailable. The automatic helicopter, or "drone", was developed to cut down the cost of lives. It also has many advantages over manned vehicles. It is cheaper. It can make reconnaissance missions and transmit photographic intelligence by television equipment and it can make deliveries of material with no risk of life. It can lay down smoke screens and rescue men trapped behind enemy lines.
Ship based models are now in combat.
Reporters assigned to the U.S. Defense Department expect that the Marines will soon begin equipping their land forces with the new helicopter.